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Keep your bedroom cool with these tips

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published July 13, 2016

 Conroy suggests keeping linens light and airy to keep the sweat at bay.

Conroy suggests keeping linens light and airy to keep the sweat at bay.

Photo provided by Corie Conroy

METRO DETROIT — From sleeping solo to dunking your feet in frigid water before hitting the hay, keeping your bedroom — and yourself — cool during the summer calls for unique solutions from the internet and beyond.

If you ask the locals like Corie Conroy, a professional home stager and interior decorator in Bloomfield Hills, she would tell you that you don’t always have to crank up the air to stay cool, because the answer lies where you lie.

Conroy, president of First Impression Home Staging, suggests that people use wicking sheets that absorb moisture and dry faster. Bamboo straw mats also are an answer, as you place them under your sheets for a cool night’s sleep because they do not retain heat.

“It’s like a mattress protector,” she said. “You could layer it in your bedding.”

“Cotton bedding is a really good choice,” Conroy said, adding that lighter colors are better for the summer. “Switch out your bed linens with a lightweight cotton — something that is breathable (and) something that does not hold in a lot of heat.” 

To complement the lighter bed linens, put lighter draperies over your windows, such as sheer Roman shades instead of the heavier draperies used during the winter months.

“Something that lets a cross breeze in your room is a good idea too,” Conroy said. “Keep your windows open in the evenings.”

When it comes to keeping cool and saving on electrical bills, keep the lights off during the day and at night to lower bedroom temperatures. Also, the type of light could leave you sweaty, such as incandescent lights. Make the switch to fluorescent or LED lights that use less energy and keep you cooler, Conroy said.

From switching out wool rugs to natural fiber floor coverings such as sisal, to taking a bath before you go to bed, Conroy said that there are plenty of ways people can stay cool in their bedrooms during the warmer months without breaking the bank. And that includes moving furniture from in front of your windows, and bringing in outside plants and flowers to create a soft feeling that coincides with the summer months. 

“Lastly, I am not a big fan of ceiling fans, but if you need more air circulation, it’s important to pick one that matches the style and scale of the room. If you want them to be unnoticed, choose one that blends in with your ceiling and has a low decibel rating,” she added.

Independent interior designer Terry Ellis — whose company, Room Service Interior Design, is located at Michigan Design Center in Troy — said that fans are good accents to keep rooms cool.

“A fan would be helpful. Tower fans are easy to tuck in the corner. Many homes now don’t include ceiling fans,” she said, adding that tower fans are better looking, work better and are quiet.

Ellis said that when attempting to keep the heat out of the bedroom, start from square one. 

“I think there are a couple different ways to approach it: One would be with consideration to what is making a room hot,” she said. “If there is sunlight coming in, one consideration to use would be blackout draperies that cuts out the heat. The blackout lining really cuts that heat element and is warming in the winter too.”

She also said that in using lighter sheets, it is ideal to choose Egyptian summer cotton sheets.

Ellis added that when it comes to color, camel or charcoal-colored bedding would not be the best choice, because they are not as cooling as white sheets and light pastels. 

“Using a cooler color palette — for example, icy-colored blues, soft grays are very cooling,” Ellis said. “Anything of a more muted (color) — a mint green. I am using all the words that evoke cool.”

Lastly, don’t fuss with heavy items in your bedroom, but simple things you can change to stay dry.

“I think it is more efficient to change out bedding … mostly with your soft goods: bedding, pillows, upholstery, drapes,” Ellis said.